1348 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 11:27 GMT
Re: Too many distractions to really learn.
I know. Not very I guess. Spoilt for choice nowadays really.
Back in the early 80's the mystery of what computers could do was bolstered by our wondering imagination. I used to watch War Games as a kid and thought how exciting hooking up to other computers could be (Dad's telephone bill permitting). That's all gone now.
I bet 90% of these devices will be thrown in a drawer by the end of the summer. A bit of willy waving from the guy in the office that has to have all the new trendy gadgets (you know the one) and then you'll never hear about it again.
Too many distractions to really learn.
As per the review. How much of the review actually concentrated on what the Pi is really about?
When is someone going to issue out a pure BASIC or other language app that literally just boots into the command prompt. Nothing but a ring-bound paper manual and a blinking cursor.
That's why so many took to programming on the old 8bit machines because you switched it on and there was nothing there to do other than start coding on it.
How many of the 8bit guys would have got into coding if they could have just plugged in their Spectrum/BBC B and watched porn or played Quake on it all day?
Geez..easily pleased or what?
"But it's the cut scenes that take my breath away. Ah, so now I see where the money went."
That is NOT a good thing.
Cut scenes get watched once if they are lucky and never seen again. It's not what I pay for.
Amazed Game firms always piss so much cash and effort up the wall on them.
I can't remember the last time...
...I pressed the Red Button. I really can't.
I take it as "If you want to watch even more crap, press the red button!"
Re: Worthless/useless netbooks?
Must admit I have an older Acer netbook with Ubuntu 10.4 netbook edition on it. It works a treat for when we go on holiday to do email and look up hotels/restuartants.
That is the only time I use Linux though.
Re: My assumption.
Again another example where the Fraud Squad should be investigating the public sector.
I remember though working for a Private Sector firm (actually one of the largest financials in the UK) and questioned the IT dept why is was that we were paying £200 for a 32MB stick of ram from our 'preferred supplier' when you could order it from Crucial for £30 plus delivery especially with our supposed 'bulk buying power'?
I was abrupty told to "shut up!" which told me all I wanted to know. It's a fiddle.
Re: Anti-shake video...
I have tried the Steady Video feature using my 6450 in the work PC.
It does work fairly well for making some videos a little more watchable.
Sounds to me like...
...the GIMP is 85% of the way there and just needs a concerted push on a few aspects to make it a real contender.
It doesn't sound like the issues folks have with it are too different or particularly new.
Are Adobe paying the GIMP folks to keep it ...gimped?
Another nice looking machine.......
...that underneath the skin is a total dogs dinner.
Like buying a nice car but finding it has two steering wheels and no front left wheel.
Like always wait for Anandtech to do a proper review.
....not nice people to do business with.
The clever attendee.....
.....never goes to the conference in the first place.
You just head to the bar or go somewhere else instead once you've picked up your goody bag to prove to the boss you went.
Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?
Indeed, I thought Voland was referring to atomic clock type displays for a minute..
We are talking 21st century computing here, not 1970's!
The only reason they put 13x7 screens in computers today is that they are cheap, very cheap and nasty. Has nothing to do with improving battery life and GPU power.
If I spend more than £700+ on such a device I expect more in terms of quality throughout.
Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?
Boring? Well so will ultra/laptops be when they come with just 800x480 screens cos the manufacturers say that folks get by just fine with them on phones.
Then we'll all know who to thank.
But we will get 12 hours use so that's okay...hoorayyyyy
Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?
Oh I know but if you like using inferior kit at higher prices then don't let me stop you.
It's called trying to raise the bar above mediocrity.
Seems some folks love less than average. Probably why the world is such a shitty mess.
The problem with the concept that BAE keep jobs in the UK...
...so we can tax them.
Is that each of those BAE jobs is subsidised by the tax payer to the tune of tens of millions each.
It seems the Govt never remembers that.
The UK would be better off financially if we didn't have those jobs in the UK and probably didn't have as much to do with BAE.
Spread the love to other defence contractors and create some jobs that actually generate tax income rather than just throwing it down the drain.
BAE is a funnel of tax payers money out of the UK.
Is next to useless now.
Use to work great a year or so ago but now it rarely detects anything while the other products I use still find stuff.
As for SpybotS&D thats great if you like using software that looks like it was designed for Win95. Pus it's got way bloated now.
All those extra Spyware detectors are a waste of time. All you need is a free AV and thats it.
The reason being is that once you are infected you cannot clean off those drivebys etc. using those apps on the PC. They don't work. They might delete a few files but they wont get rid of it all.
The only way is to remove the HDD and scan it in another machine with about 4 different products so installing Spybot/Malwarebytes etc. are largely a waste of space.
Re: Frightening isn't it
Imagine if the UK had to go into a WW2/conventional war type scenario now and ramp up its armaments to cope.
20 years to bring a carrier online?? Back in the 40's they could draw an aircraft or warship up on paper and have it in the air or water within 2 years.
Whats gone seriously wrong since? I dont think you can say technology cos the Spitfire was cutting edge for them and many of the modern avionic systems can be off the shelf.
Oh hang on BAE would say you had to reconfigure all the off the shelf systems from scratch.
So off the shelf avionics - £5 million - BAE reconfig - £195 million - BAE refitting excercise - £234 million - BAE modification/refresh due to 10 year delay - £500 milion........and so on
Re: @jason 7
My experience with doing that on dozens of machines must lead me to think you are doing something wrong.
You can always let someone like me who knows what they are doing sort it out.
Doesn't hurt to admit when you are out of your depth.
So annoyed I've written to my MP
I've asked why is it that the MOD and it's partner in crime BAE is allowed to waste so much money in blatantly obvious scams and bluff calling without any criminal or civil proceedings against them.
Maybe a few more folks should ask a similar question to their MP?
Exactly! What other dimension does this work in???
You have your decorator round to make a written quote and he says £500 to paint the house.
Then three weeks later he says its now going to cost £5000 so you politely say no but then ask him to build a patio for you for £5000 instead.
It's a bloody scam and should be investigated. The Whole of the MOD/BAE needs to be full investigated by the Fraud Squad ASAP.
Crooks getting away with it time and time again.
Re: Time for an El Reg Top 10?
I do find it amazing that the makers are producing really good spec kit with good CPU/GPU/HDD/SSD and case technology and then throwing it all away with grossly sub standard screens.
The difference in cost between a crappy screen and an average one cant be more than $5 surely?
In fact I'll gladly lose the HDMI port the Thunderbolt port, a couple of USB ports and the shitty Beats Audio if it will mean I get a half decent screen with usable resolution and at least 75% gamut.
I know Anandtech have been trying to campaign for better screens but I think they too would do better if they just stopped reviewing them.
Can you please refuse to review kit....
....... that 99% of the folks here wouldn't buy?
Things like crappy sub-par screens will only improve for us if the tech sites get together and refuse to review kit that's not up to scratch.
Maybe the tech corps will get the message if they start getting told "No we wont review it as it's not up the standard our readership would want!"
Re: i love
I agree. You have a mouse and keyboard for all that.
I cant bare to touch peoples greasy filthy tablets let alone put my dabs all over my lovely new PC screen or have other people do it. Christ have to sit there with a bottle of Glass cleaner to hand all the while...oh hang on I know some shares I might want to invest in now..
Backwards step and not progress as the skinny jeans brigade would have you believe.
Re: Another Big Patch Day, and a Week of Start Up Repair Routines
I make a living cleaning all that crap off PCs. When the customers get them back they ask how they got a CPU and ram upgrade for free, its so much smoother and faster.
As I've mentioned before if you install Vista on a old PC as a clean bloatware free install and its really smooth, works great.
It's amazing that MS knows what it's doing but HP/Dell/Acer/Asus/Toshiba/Fujitsu haven't got a bloody clue and just wreck it all. So many people have never experienced the joy of a clean Windows install.
It's like a car manufacturer making a car and then welding the handbrake up on purpose.
Re: Another Big Patch Day, and a Week of Start Up Repair Routines
If you have a crappy Windows 7 install then you or your IT dept are not very good.
Might want to revisit that support contract come renewal time. You know the time they are really eager to help at all costs but then once the ink is dry on the new contract they basically say "FU!" till its renewal time again.
Massive invasion of bloatware
Do the HP printers manage to install 23 different bloated apps that all scream at you constantly, add 3 minutes to your boot time and use up half your bandwidth phoning home?
If you manage to catch the sneakily hidden custom install option, you find that you only ever need two of the apps (driver and scan driver). The rest I have never worked out what they do. Especially the 300Mb Customer Experience package that screams if you uninstall it.
I have to say since the advent of dual cores I've struggled to justify subsequent CPU upgrades.
If I was brutally honest I could still be getting by fine with my old Opteron 180.
My main laptop uses just a CULV Intel 1.3Ghz dual core in it.
I find I go longer and longer between upgrades. I haven't paid more than £100 for a new CPU in years. The last one cost £60.
Unless you are looking for a cure for cancer, transcoding video all day or just love wasting your life with pointless synthetic benchmarks for bragging rights, most folks don't need to either.
Re: Best job in the world
Yep add in -
Xbox/PS3 will have 16 core CPU/run off bananas
20xx will be the year of Linux
iPhone x to be slightly better than last one
If only real life fishing was so easy. Still it gets the clicks in, if only we wern't all using AdBlock..
Cue the moans from current Air owners going....
..."Wahhhhhhh all these plebs are joining my expensive club...wahhhhhh! I won't look so special sitting in Starbucksa with my precious...wahhhh!"
Oh you look special alright.
Re: Could it have something to do with...
No bizzarely the Zune Movie selection is far far superior to Netflix or Lovefilm.
It has all the latest releases in it which both the others lack. I've had Lovefilm on the Xbox for three months now and I've seen no new major movies added to it in that time.
I just don't like having to buy MS points to rent the movies. Bit expensive.
Can I just mention......
Malwarebtyes is next to useless.
I get infected PCs to clean two or three times a week.
I take the HDD out of the PC and scan it on another machine using about 4 different products. Only way to be sure short of rebuilding it from scratch.
For quite a while Malwarebytes was one of those and it did a fair job.
However, for the past 6 months it hasn't found a thing where the other products have.
So I've dropped it from my AV scan regime.
It's enough to have roaming bands of private Tech consultants to come in and take it all away with nothing to show for it at the end.
I've tried to get to grips with linux as all the linux guys tell me over and over I should use it.
I then ask the linux guys a question and I get told to "fuck off and stick to Windows noob!"
You can't win with the mentally imbalanced I guess.
Re: Dubble duh
No idea why you are getting downvoted on that piece of logic. I'd love to know why.
I havent used MS's native DVD playback or Media Centre in years. I just install VLC as standard on any PC I build.
Although I also cant remember the last time I watched a DVD on my PC. Most of my PCs sit within 10 feet of the TV which is a better solution for playback.
Once again this is another example of herd rage over nothing.
Re: Mac Pro Towers?
Mac Pro Towers?
So chances are only 100 folks have actually bought one?
So lot of fuss for one person?
Re: ****ING Repeats!
Yeah as well as any of those "Return to.." versions of Supersize/Grand Designs etc.
There you are, intrigued to see whats happened in the year or two since you saw them and then the show just repeats 95% of the original show you saw the year previous and then does a two minute montage of what's going on now/since.
If you are a bloke with slightly above average intelligence and beyond, little interest in celebrities cooking or home improvement, likes a slightly challenging/edgy documentary/comedy or drama then you are shit out of luck usually.
Why is it that the TV companies feel compelled to just produce safe cheap TV for the folks with a double digit IQ?
Re: I miss...
I must say if the choice was internet or TV I would choose Internet.
Oh and FFS please drop the "You were lucky!" sketch bollocks. It was funny the first time Feldman/Chapman/Cleese et al did it but it hasn't been funny since.
It's as funny now as bloody Delboy falling through the bar.
Ermmm hang on....
(adopts Stewie Griffin incredulous voice)....you 'hang out' at these places?
I always thought the use of the word 'social' with such services was tenuous but 'hanging out'?!
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